2 comments for “She is going back to her old ways.

  1. 10x25MM
    March 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    A little history here is worthwhile. The 15 Mile Road Oakland Macomb sewer interceptor was constructed from 1969 to 1972 by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Division. Jerry Cavanagh was in charge when the project started and Roman Gribbs was Mayor of Detroit when it ended. Cavanagh was too busy trying to repair his reputation after the riots to pay much attention to DW&SD. Gribbs was also distracted, picking up the pieces after Cavanagh's train wreck. DW&SD was already an unsupervised fount of corruption. The U.S. District Court took over DW&SD in 1978 due to pollution disasters, but only facilitated the corruption which had become the trademark of DW&SD.

    The 15 Mile Road sewer interceptor (OMI) has actually suffered four collapses since it was built: in 1978, 1980, 2004, and 2016. Michigan's nitwit media doesn't seem to have spent much time researching the history of OMI interceptor collapses, preferring to parrot RINO Rick's line about 'aging infrastructure'. This is actually a corruption story from the mists of Detroit history.

    The first two collapses occurred six and eight years after construction, the second pair of collapses occurred 32 and 44 years after construction. One might get some traction claiming the 2004 and 2016 collapses were due to 'aging infrastructure', but the 1978 and 1980 collapses? Since when are sewer interceptors designed to have a six year lifespan?

    Detroit Water and Sewerage Department unloaded the OMI to Oakland and Macomb counties in 2009 for $ 90 million. This was 37 years after construction and implied an original construction cost of $ 350 million if the usual 50 year period, straight line depreciation was used to value the interceptor. The OMI only cost half of that so Oakland and Macomb were, in effect, bailing out Detroit as it collapsed into bankruptcy.

    Worst of all, neither Oakland or Macomb did a serious inspection of the OMI after its purchase. Hence the 2016 collapse. From the frying pan into the fire.

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  2. Sue Schwartz
    March 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    KG first: When "Candy" was first elected Rep. within two days Engler appointed her husband to the Macomb Bench. He was not a great legal mind and him and his wife got caught up with much conflict of interest involving the Women Against Violence Act (WAVA). Then came the the election fraud situation involving Marlinga--now a sitting judge--Judge Miller's seat? Marlinga also not a great legal mind, but a good political mind in that his daughters and other family members were successful in getting court appointments--outside of Macomb. The monarchy is safe. I'm still in awe at all this.

    10x25MM--I remember all of this and remember Gribbs running from Detroit to the COA. Both him and Cavanaugh's thinking was "Water under the be damn".

    With regard to a no-interest loan aspect--this really pisses me off. When there's obvious negligence by public officials, clearly, home owners policies should cover the loss then the insurance companies sue the public officials under subrogation. The no-interest loans are strictly for those folks without benefit of insurance. When I pay for homeowners insurance I should not have to have a no-interest loan (resulting in a lien on my property) or even have to sue in what amounts to fraudulent acts by government officials and agencies. I resent hugely having to pay Flint's replacement of pipes on private property.

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